Rod McGaha is exactly what working musicians strive to be, a potent combination of virtuosity and unfettered artistic passion. But who are we to say so? Fair question. It has been said by more than a few that the good musicians know who are the good musicians; therefore -
Max Roach (jazz legend): “(Rod is) An important new and original voice.”
Clark Terry (jazz legend): “When I first heard Trees (Rod), I got that same feeling I got when I first heard Wynton . Some musicians just have that thing!”
Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band): “Rod McGaha is a one of a kind musician and has his own identity on the trumpet – an instrument that millions of people play- and that's saying something.”...
Awards• Tennessee Arts Individual Artist Fellowship (2008) • Dove Award nomination for Trumpet Sounds (2004) • Black Caucus Award – Outstanding Artist (2003) • ITG (International Trumpet Guild) “Jazz Improvisation Award” Outstanding Trumpet Soloist, Ranked 2nd in the country (1985) • NAJE (National Association of Jazz Educators) Featured Trumpet Soloist with DePaul Jazz Ensemble (1985) • Elmhurst College Jazz Festival Outstanding Trumpet Soloist (1985) • Black Jazz Music Caucus Award First College Black Jazz Poll Winner/Jazz in Higher Education (1985) • CJF (Collegiate Jazz Festival) Outstanding Trumpet Soloist (1983) • NAJE (National Association of Jazz Educators) Outstanding Trumpet Soloist (1982) • Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival “Maynard Ferguson Award” Outstanding Trumpet Soloist (1982) • Elmhurst College Jazz Festival Outstanding Trumpet Soloist (1981) • Oak Lawn Jazz Festival “All Star Award” Outstanding Trumpet Soloist (1979) • Louis Armstrong Jazz Award Outstanding Trumpet Soloist (1979)
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